13 Students from Saint Thomas School graduate the D.A.R.E. program
Southington, January 3, 2013 – Members of the fifth grade class at Saint Thomas School have completed the 11 week DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) presented by Officer Tom Gallo of the Southington Police Department. Office Gallo explained to the crowd of parents and students in attendance that the DARE program has shifted its focus to educating the students in responsible decision making. The 13 students in 5th grade learned over the 11 week training sessions that society will try to temp them with destructive behavior, but they must educate themselves and make responsible decisions that will not harm themselves or others. Issues discussed in the class included, but were not limited to, tobacco use, alcohol use, bullying, destructive behavior and personal actions. The students were asked to write essays to best describe what they learned through the DARE program. The four students’ essays that best described the lessons learned belonged to Kendra Apicella, Matthew Cahill, Danial Perez and Sydney Wagner.
Pictured are the students in Mrs. Patricia Whalen’s 5th grade class with Officer Gallo
And student David Harrold presents Officer Gallo with a “thank you”.